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Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity

The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity celebrates the life, times, and legacy of a remarkable 19th century New Englander through preservation and promotion of creativity and invention.

Founded in 2005, the Rufus Porter Museum located in Bridgton, Maine features the history of a remarkable 19th century New Englander, Rufus Porter (1792-1884). Porter is well-known in the folk art community for his landscape murals and miniature portraits, however, Porter was more than just a painter. He was the founding publisher and editor of the magazine Scientific American as well as inventor, writer, teacher and more.

Open seasonally and by appointment, the museum's main exhibit located in the Webb House features the story of Rufus Porter and includes a collection of miniature portraits, models of some of his inventions, books and pamphlets written by Porter, early editions of Scientific American, as well as special exhibit space. On exhibit in the Nathan Church house are landscape murals in situ in Porter's School of Landscape mural style, extricated wall sections painted by Jonathan Poor, Porter's nephew, and artist John Avery, a contemporary of Porter's, as well as special exhibit space.

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  • Address 121 Main Street
    Bridgton, Maine 04009
  • Phone (207) 647-2828
  • Website
  • Payments Accepted Check, cash, major credit cards
  • Hours Open seasonally from June to October Also available by appointment Visit our website for uptodate days and times

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